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3:50 PM ET, March 20, 2020


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The Daily Beast:
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Millions in Stock After Coronavirus Briefing  —  The Georgia Republican is the second Senator who has gotten rid of their holdings right as the stock market went bad.  —  The Senate's newest member sold off seven figures worth of stock holdings in the days and weeks …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from the stunning GOP stock-selling revelations  —  We already know President Trump spent weeks misleading the country by playing down the potential impact of the coronavirus, at a time when many officials in his government surely knew what a dire threat it posed …
Nikki Schwab / Daily Mail:
Dianne Feinstein who sits on the Intelligence Committee which was also briefed on coronavirus, sold up to $6m in stock
Discussion: NBC News, The Federalist and Fox News
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Perdue, Loeffler among senators whose stock trading during coronavirus raises questions
Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg transfers his campaign assets to Democratic Party to fight President Trump in swing states  —  Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg has decided to donate significant componentsof his shuttered presidential campaign to the Democratic Party, a historic bequest that includes …
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost, ABC News and The Hill
BuzzFeed News:
Staffers On Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Are Losing Their Jobs Despite His Promise Of A Yearlong Campaign  —  Staffers of former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg are staring down the possibility of losing their jobs and their health care in the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bloomberg campaign transfers $18 million to DNC  —  (CNN)Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign transferred $18 million to the Democratic National Committee on Friday, turning to the committee to fund and manage the effort to take down President Donald Trump instead of creating a Bloomberg-backed independent expenditure.
Discussion: Redstate
Associated Press:   Bloomberg to Give $18M to DNC; State Parties to Get Offices
NBC News:
Bloomberg gives $18 million to DNC in lieu of starting his own group to beat Trump
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
NBC News employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus  —  Larry Edgeworth “was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were,” NBC News Chairman Andy Lack wrote to staff members.  —  A longtime employee of NBC News died Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus …
Chicago Tribune:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker to issue lockdown order requiring residents ‘shelter in place’ starting Saturday, sources say  —  Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to issue a “shelter-in-place” order for the entire state starting Saturday, essentially commanding residents to stay in their homes as the officials …
Discussion: The Hill and WGN-TV
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
Illinois ‘to announce shelter-in-place order’ and NY and California tell 60 MILLION people to stay home as the states take matters into their own hands after Trump refused a national coronavirus quarantine  — The worst affected city by far is New York, where there are more than 4,000 cases and 26 have died
New York Post:   Coronavirus in NY: Cuomo orders lockdown, shuts down non-essential businesses
CNBC:   New Yorkers ordered to mostly stay inside to fight coronavirus: 'We're all under quarantine now,' Gov. Cuomo says
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Coronavirus upends nation as three in four Americans' lives changed by pandemic: POLL  —  A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows a far different portrait of a country.  —  As a deepening public health crisis rocks the nation, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday shows a far different portrait …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fauci predicts Americans will likely need to stay home for at least several more weeks
Discussion: The Hill
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump peddles unsubstantiated hope in dark times
Discussion: GeekWire and IJR
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Today we are switching our coverage of Donald Trump to an emergency setting
Kansas City Star:
Kansas official: Pandemic isn't a problem here because there are few Chinese people  —  BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD  —  The chairman of the Riley County Commissioners suggested this week that the global coronavirus pandemic is not a problem locally because unlike in Italy …
Susan Shultz / Darien Times:
CANCELED: Town of Darien has canceled drive-through coronavirus testing  —  UPDATE: Darien's drive-through testing has been canceled, according to a tweet from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.  The testing was to start Thursday.  Some neighbors expressed complaints with the location of testing so close to their home on social media.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Asks States to Keep Quiet About Jobless Figures  —  Coronavirus crisis spurs a spike in unemployment claims as industries are forced to shut down  —  The Trump administration asked states to abstain from releasing unemployment-claims figures prior to the publication …
Discussion: New York Times and The Big Picture
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Red and Blue America Aren't Experiencing the Same Pandemic  —  Even a disease as far-reaching as the coronavirus hasn't entirely crossed the chasm between red and blue America.  —  In several key respects, the outbreak's early stages are unfolding very differently in Republican- and Democratic-leaning parts of the country.
Discussion: Instapundit and WCMH-TV
Wall Street Journal:
Rethinking the Coronavirus Shutdown  —  No society can safeguard public health for long at the cost of its economic health.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Financial markets paused their slide Thursday, but no one should think this rolling economic calamity is over.
Discussion: Instapundit and Power Line
Abigail Abrams / TIME:
Total Cost of Her COVID-19 Treatment: $34,927.43  —  When Danni Askini started feeling chest pain, shortness of breath and a migraine all at once on a Saturday in late February, she called the oncologist who had been treating her lymphoma.  Her doctor thought she might be reacting poorly to a new medication …
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Cult of Personality Did This  —  The president of the United States is a menace to public health.  —  I don't mean that I disagree with him on policy, although I do.  I don't mean that I abhor the president's expressed bigotry toward religious and ethnic minorities, although that is also true.
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
City Hall didn't order COVID-19 supplies for NYC until March 6  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio has blamed President Trump for the city's severe shortage of COVID-19 supplies even though City Hall didn't put in its first order for emergency protective gear until March 6, The Post has learned.
Danielle Muoio / Politico:
De Blasio: 'People are going to die who don't have to' unless Trump steps up supplies
Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Trump: Federal student loan borrowers can suspend payments for 60 days  —  President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will allow the nation's more than 42 million federal student loan borrowers to take a break from making their monthly payments, without incurring interest or penalties for at least the next two months.
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and The Smoke Eater
ED News:
Delivering on President Trump's Promise, Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments …
Discussion: CNN, BuzzFeed News, NPR and The Week
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Newsom orders all 40M Californians to stay home in nation's strictest lockdown  —  BERKELEY — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered California's nearly 40 million residents to stay home, making it the first state to impose that strict mandate on all residents to counteract a looming surge of new infections.
Stay home except for essential needs
Michael Donnelly:
COVID-19: NYC should brace for impact and shut down now.  —  Five days ago I wrote this medium post (COVID-19: New York Will Be The Next Italy, But Doesn't Have to Be).  In it, I forecast that NYC's hospitals would be at capacity as early as March 30.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.
Annalyn Kurtz / CNN:
Goldman Sachs predicts 2.25 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims this week, the highest on record  —  New York (CNN Business)Americans are starting to lose their jobs in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and economists expect it's only going to get worse from here.  And quickly, too.
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